by Elizabeth Acevedo
This novel in verse was written by poet, author and National Poetry Slam winner, Elizabeth Acevedo. It details the life of a young teen who is drawn to the power of words and poetry, and discovers that writing and sharing her poetry not only gives her joy, but offers her an immense sense of release and expression. The narrator powerfully shares her feelings about her strict, religious parents, the emotional abuse and taunting she experiences as she develops from a young girl to a grown women, and her critical relationship with her brother, who is experiencing his own pressures as he comes of age. A powerful novel in verse that should not only be read, but TREAT YOURSELF, listen to this audio book as well.